New York City Public Advocate

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Public Advocate Letitia James Recommends Changes To Nail Salon Health And Safety Policy

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James says despite the thousands of nail salons across the five boroughs, there are only 27 inspectors in the entire state to keep track of salon cleanliness and safety.

09/15/2014

UPS workers, union leaders and the NYC public advocate rally on the steps of City Hall to protest UPS' efforts to fire 250 workers who walked off the job, April 3, 2014. (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NYC Public Advocate Warns UPS Of Possible Consequences For Announcing 250 Firings

The 250 workers based out of Maspeth, Queens staged a 90-minute protest in February over the firing of a long-time employee.

04/03/2014

Ballots go through voting machine (file/credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Local Officials Rally For ‘Better, Smarter, Fairer’ Instant Runoff Voting

Elected officials pointed to the $13 million price tag to hold Tuesday’s public advocate runoff election that saw very low voter turnout as a reason to change the current procedure.

10/02/2013

Letitia James speaks after winning the Democratic nomination for public advocate on Oct. 1, 2013. (credit: Sonia Rincon/1010 WINS)

Letitia James Likely City’s Next Public Advocate After Winning Democratic Runoff

James defeated state Sen. Daniel Squadron in incomplete and unofficial returns and faces a general election next month without a Republican opponent.

10/01/2013

Election worker Al Becker watches as a man votes on Election Day - New York, NY - Nov 3, 2009 - Photo: David Goldman/Getty Images

City Councilman Proposes Measure To Halt ‘Crazy’ Cost Of Runoff Elections

The Oct. 1 public advocate runoff will cost the Board of Elections $13 million. The public advocate’s office has a budget of $2.3 million.

09/19/2013

Public advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is placed in handcuffs during a protest in Midtown on Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (credit: CBS 2)

De Blasio Calls On Governor, Mayor To Step Up On Possible Closure Of Brooklyn Hospital

Public Advocate and mayoral hopeful Bill De Blasio has called on the governor and the mayor to get the parties together and find out who has proposed taking the hospital over.

07/11/2013

NYC Public Advocate Bill de Blasio At New York Methodist Hospital Dec. 11, 2012 (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

NYC Public Advocate: Sandy Public Health ‘Could’ve Been Done Better’

Bill de Blasio, speaking at Brooklyn’s New York Methodist Hospital, said the city needs to take a hands-on approach to reach sick residents when a disaster hits.

12/11/2012

New York City Public Advocate Bill De Blasio (file / credit: Facebook)

De Blasio: Help Available To Those Who Lost Work To Superstorm Sandy

Those who lost wages or business during Superstorm Sandy can expect help, New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said Sunday.

11/11/2012

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (file/credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

City Public Advocate Calls For Immediate Passage Of Paid Sick Leave Measure

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio sharply criticized City Council Speaker Christine Quinn for unfairly preventing the Paid Sick Leave bill from going up for a vote.

09/30/2012